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Thursday, 4 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The UAE, notably the situation of human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor

  Soraya Post, author. – Mr President, at a time when we see an increasing number of human rights defenders harassed for doing their legitimate work, we also see that the situation in the United Arab Emirates is extremely concerning. Human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor is in prison for allegedly publishing false information to damage the UAE’s reputation abroad. What is actually damaging the Emirates’ reputation abroad is the violation of the right to freedom of expression.

We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ahmed Mansoor and all other human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience. How can EU Member States continue trading arms and security equipment with UAE? How can the EU maintain its visa waiver programme with UAE when they clearly violate the human rights clause it is based on? I call on the EU to condemn the treatment of Mansoor and clearly and loudly call for his release. I say again that the EU must uphold human rights clauses in our international agreements and trade policies.

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